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from the Ottawa Sun,
Senators coach John Paddock will have captain Daniel Alfredsson back on the right side with centre Jason Spezza and winger Dany Heatley when the Senators open the season tomorrow in Toronto.
With the Senators playing seven games in the first 11 days of the season, Paddock believes it’s crucial the team begin the year on the right foot.
“The last two or three days I’ve looked at the schedule and, obviously, you want to get off to a good start because then the schedule becomes extremely light (for the rest of October),” said Paddock. “We go from one extreme to the other.
From Don Brennan at the Ottawa Sun,
Earlier this week, Jason Spezza shook his head in bewilderment as he told teammates of a meeting he had just finished up with an equipment rep.
“He’s telling me I’d be 15% better (of a player) with a different mouth guard,” the Senators centre said, chuckling.
Now, we’re not exactly sure how that works, either, but if that’s truly the case, Sidney Crosby should hope Spezza sticks with what he’s wearing. Fifteen percent more of him would cost the Pittsburgh star the scoring race.
From Darren Dreger at TSN,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk along with general manager Bryan Murray spent the better part of five hours on Thursday in discussion with Dany Heatley’s representatives, J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpline in Ottawa.
The two groups decided it would be best to walk away from the negotiating table, challenged with the task of re-establishing their positions.
“We had lengthy and detailed discussions regarding Dany’s free agency and we will take some time over the next week to consider each other’s position,” Barry said.
from 640am in Toronto,
The NHL has suspended Flyers rookie Steve Downie following a vicious hit on Senators forward Dean McAmmond last night.
Downie was handed a match penalty for attempt to injure. He is now indefinitely suspended by the NHL, pending a review of the hit by the league. Downie was the victim of a clean hit from Christoph Schubert before he immediately got up and sought revenge on McAmmond in the Flyers zone.
See the hit in this post...
added 6:54am, from the Ottawa Sun,
“There’s no place in the game for that stuff,” a seething McGrattan said after the game. “That was a dirty hit and he’s a dirty player. He’s known for that and he’ll get what’s coming to him next time we play him, for sure.
“You don’t want to see stuff like that. We’re not out there to kill each other. At this level, he’ll get what’s coming to him.”
Update September 27, 7:40pm ET:
Just a note that Downie contacted McAmmond to offer an apology. From The Star,
A phone call of apology from Steve Downie has earned the Philadelphia Flyers prospect some understanding from Dean McAmmond but not from the rest of the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond left the pre-season game against the Philadelphia Flyers on a stretcher in the second period after a vicious hit to the head by Flyers forward Steve Downie.
McAmmond had just passed the puck and was skating behind the Flyers net when Downie leveled him with a shoulder to the head. Downie, who was hit into the boards earlier in the shift by Christoph Schubert was given a match penalty - which means he is suspended indefinitely pending a review.
McAmmond has been diagnosed with a concussion, but he is moving his extremities and has been sent to a hospital for further examination.
Update 12:35am ET:
From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,
Dirty. Cheap. Needless. Despicable. Those words don’t just describe Tuesday night’s hit on Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond. They describe the man who delivered it – Steve Downie of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Update 1:08am ET:
Thanks to a reader in the comments of this post, here is the video of the hit on McAmmond:
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is expected to meet with Dany Heatley’s agent, J.P. Barry on Thursday in Ottawa.
And based on preliminary discussions, the Senators are aware of Heatley’s expectations.
It’s believed that Heatley is seeking an average salary of $8.5 million and a multi-year term similar to what Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez agreed to this summer.
The question is, will Eugene Melnyk pay it?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Ray Emery doesn’t have an answer.
After taking part in his first full practice with the Senators yesterday at Scotiabank Place, Emery told reporters he’s not sure when he’ll be able to play, but doesn’t believe he’s ready yet.
“I’m just working hard at getting back right now. I obviously want to get some games in, but I’ve got to make sure that I’m not going to get hurt when I get in there,” said Emery. “I’m close, but I’m not where I want to be as far as playing a game. It’s kind of frustrating for me right now, but I’ll get in there.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Yet whatever Richardson ends up doing on the ice, he figures to serve an important role for the Senators on the bench and in the dressing room.
He’ll lend an ear if a younger player asks his advice. He’ll remove a struggling player from the dressing room for a pep talk or pat a player on the back for a job well done. He’ll take a prospect home to dinner to make him more comfortable in his surroundings. When Richardson was in Columbus, rookie Gilbert Brule lived with the family for a while.
Think of him as the Kevin Costner character in the baseball movie, Bull Durham, providing whatever tips he can, based on his experiences.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
As a matter of fact, Murray said he has already had contract discussions with Redden’s agent, Don Meehan.
“I don’t know (where the Redden stuff comes from),” said Murray. “(Reporters) ask me about trying to sign Heatley and Spezza and then the conclusion (from reporters) is always nothing about those two at all, it’s always about eliminating another player. That’s not what we’re trying to do here. We’re going to try to do as well as we can with the people that we have and, obviously, keep them here.
“But there are a lot of factors involved here: The total dollars, the cap system and can we keep everybody? Will everybody give us an opportunity to sign them or will it be impossible because of the numbers?”
from The Universal Cynic, the blog of Erin Nicks,
“Quite frankly, I find it amusing that the media has continued to talk about what’s going to happen after this great year, because I think the fans want to see what’s going to happen (this year).,,, I think the fans are really excited. They really don’t want to hear what’s going to go on a year from now.”
read on... and Nicks responds…
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